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07/03/16

High Level Meeting on Crime Prevention in City Yields Positive Results

EThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo, in his capacity as Chairperson of the African Forum on Urban Safety (AFUS), today, 7 March 2016, hosted a high level meeting with key stakeholders from the UN Habitat, Microsoft Corporation and the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government. 

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss ideas for successful implementation of crime prevention and urban safety strategies. It was also to set the agenda for the functionality of AFUS in carrying out its mandate of ensuring safety and security in all African cities.

There was robust discussion on various topics related to crime prevention and urban safety at the meeting.

Nxumalo said crime poses a serious threat to the provision of services to members of the community. “Not only does crime have an impact on the economic development of the City, but also results in marginalised groups being prevented from enjoying services due to them.”

He said that safety, crime prevention and security have been identified as the cornerstones for growth and development of all cities. It is also the primary outcome for the sustainable urban development agenda as indicated in the Sustainable Development Goal 11, Making Cities and Human Settlements Safe, Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable. This is further emphasised in the Africa Vision 2063.

Deputy Mayor of Quito in Ecuador, Daniela Chacon Arias, said it was important that cities learn from each other’s experiences as they all face similar challenges albeit in varying degrees. She commended eThekwini Municipality for spearheading the Safer Cities Programme and reiterated her commitment to ensuring that the 2063 Agenda is achieved.

Dr Alioune Badiane Director of UN Habitat said the African continent is 54 percent urban. She said it was therefore imperative that we build sustainable cities with improved safety and security.

Resolutions taken at the meeting include:

The initiation of an information collection exercise from local governments across Africa, using the Microsoft virtual facilities to translate and administer the questionnaire.

To use the initiative by cities in West Africa to convene a sub-regional conference on City Security in Dakar from 28-30 April 2016. This would consolidate information from cities for the AFUS conference scheduled to take place from 29 June- 1 July 2016 in Durban.

To establish a City Legacy Project in Durban, The City Safety Lab. This would draw on innovations such as on crime diagnostic tools to develop technological solutions to facilitate more effective monitoring of safety in the City.

These resolutions were taken as a guiding tool of the functionality of AFUS towards meeting its mandate of implementable strategies that will ensure safe and secure cities in Africa.

Ends 

Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Head, Tozi Mthethwa.

For more information contact Gugu Sisilana on 0313114855 or email:gugu mbonambi or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4855 or email: princess nkabane​.

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